UPDATE: An Associated Press journalist has reportedly counted "at least" 22 bodies at the site of the crash. The Associated Press adds that the plane looks to have broken up prior to impact, which left wreckage and body parts strewn everywhere. Ukrainian officials believe the number of casualties exceeds 300.

Ukrainian officials say a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down as it flew over the country today. 

According to the Associated Press, Anton Gerashenko, a government advisor, said the planewhich was carrying 295 passengerswas 33,000 feet in the air when it was struck by a missile. 

Malayisa Airlines confirmed that it had lost contact with MH17.

As a result, other commercial airlines are reportedly avoiding airspace in the eastern Ukraine:

This is a developing story and will be updated here as more information becomes available. 

[via Associated Press]

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